Top-ranked Edgerton shuts out Edgewood
The Crimson Tide lived up to its billing here Tuesday afternoon.
Tia Cleveland pitched a complete-game five-hitter and got help from a near-flawless Edgerton defense in a 4-0 win over Madison Edgewood in a Division 2 sectional semifinal game.
Edgerton (21-2) plays Monroe (16-10) on Friday at Evansville for the sectional title and a berth in next week’s WIAA state tournament at Goodman Field in Madison.
Clevcland got out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning, and Edgewood never threatened after that. Edgerton got the only run it needed in the third on Courtney Boss’ two-out RBI single and added three more in the fifth to break the game open.
Edgerton coach Tony DeWar said getting through the first inning unscathed was key for his team.
Edgewood’s Tessy Tuschen led off the game with an infield single as her routine pop-up fell in between three Edgerton players. Cleveland walked the next two batters, but third baseman Anne Tronnes snared clean-up hitter Rachael Wabers’ liner and doubled off Tuschen at third. A groundout got the Crimson Tide out of the inning.
“Maybe that was how we got rid of our jitters,” DeWar said. “I thought we settled down after that and played the way we’re capable.
“Edgewood gets a couple runs there, or the ball gets by Anne at third, and who knows what might happen. But our defense has been solid all year and made big plays when it had to today.”
Cleveland mowed down the Crusaders after the first. The senior struck out five and did not allow a runner past second base the last six innings. Lyndsay Schmitt singled with one out in the seventh but was erased on a game-ending 5-6-3 double play.
Edgerton pushed three runs across in the fifth. Molly McCall singled with one out and went to second when Meggie Schmidt was hit by a pitch. Tronnes drove in McCall with a sharp single to center, and Schmidt scored on Emily Ziemet’s infield single. Tronnes made it 4-0 when she raced home on the throw to first trying to get Ziemet.
The Crimson Tide reached the sectional title game two years ago before losing to Monroe. DeWar said his team is itching for a shot at redemption.
“I think we just ran out of gas the last time we played (in the sectional final game),” DeWar said. “I’m glad they changed the schedule so we’re not playing on the same day. It would’ve been awfully tough, especially on a day like this where it’s so hot.
“But we’re not content on just being there. We want to play at state.”
The top-ranked Crimson Tide will get a shot at that on Friday.
EDGERTON 4, EDGEWOOD 0
Madison Edgewood 000 000 0—0 5 1
Edgerton 010 030 0—4 5 1
Grelle and Wabers; Cleveland and Richardson.
Leading hitters—Tuschen (ME) 2x3, Schmitt (ME) 2x3. 2B—Richardson (Edgerton).
SO—Grelle (ME) 2, Cleveland (Edgerton) 5. BB—Grelle 2, Cleveland 2.
-- Monroe 3, Portage 2 (12)—The Cheesemakers earned a shot at top-ranked Edgerton by winning a marathon at Middleton.
Monroe (16-10) scored the winning run in the 12th on a bases-loaded walk.
The Cheesemakers forced extra innings when catcher Kaylie Craigo tagged Portage’s Emily Krueger out at the plate to end the seventh. Monroe turned three double plays in the game.
Monroe led 2-1 in the sixth on Kasey Gutzmer’s RBI double, but Portage tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
MONROE 3, PORTAGE 2 (12)
Monroe 001 001 000 001—3 8 1
Portage 000 101 000 000—2 8 1
Armstrong; McAlpin, Wilson (7).
Leading hitters—Grossen (M) 3x5, McArdle (M) 2x4, McAlpin (P) 2x4, Elsing (P) 2x4, Rothenburger (P) 2x5. 2B—Gutzmer (M), Rothenburger, Elsing.
SO—Armstrong (M) 5, McAlpin (P) 6, Wilson (P) 10. BB—Armstrong 7, McAlpin 4, Wilson 2.